- Six-year-old Jeremy Mardis was shot dead on November 3 last year
- The public is getting first look at the graphic footage almost a year later
- Prosecutors showed the tape in court to support their claim that one of the deputies, Derrick Stafford, had a pattern of using excessive force
- Stafford's second-degree murder trial is scheduled to start November 28
- The other officer Norris Greenhouse Jr. has a March 13, 2017, trial date for attempted second-degree murder
Police have released a graphic video that captured the moment two officers fired on a car and killed a six-year-old boy in Louisiana last year.
Prosecutors showed the tape in court on Wednesday to support their claim that one of the deputies, Derrick Stafford, had a pattern of using excessive force - including last November's fatal shooting of Jeremy Mardis in Marksville.
The head of the Louisiana State Police said the video was the most disturbing thing he's seen.
Nearly a year later, the public is getting its first look at the graphic footage.
Police have released a graphic video that captured the moment two officers fired on a car and killed a six-year-old boy in Louisiana last year
Two police officers are facing murder charges in last November's fatal shooting of Jeremy Mardis (pictured) in Marksville
Derrick Stafford (left) and Norris Greenhouse (right) await separate trials on second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder charges
The state judge presiding over the murder cases against the two deputies allowed reporters to make copies of the tape on Wednesday after a hearing where it was formally introduced as evidence.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys previously described in writing how the footage depicts the shooting, which stops less than a minute into the video.
The rest of the nearly 14 minutes of footage shows the stomach-churning aftermath, as the officer with the body camera checks on the lifeless body of Mardis while his critically wounded father, Christopher Few, lies bleeding on the pavement.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys previously described in writing how the footage depicts the shooting, which stops less than a minute into the video
The rest of the nearly 14 minutes of footage shows the stomach-churning aftermath, as one officer checks on the lifeless body of Mardis while his father lies bleeding on the pavement
Matthew Derbes, a prosecutor from Attorney General Jeff Landry's office, said Stafford's pattern of hurting people he's arresting also provides a motive for shooting at Few while his hands are raised.
'Motive is something the jury wants to hear,' Derbes said. 'Why would they do this?'
But defense attorneys for Stafford and Norris Greenhouse Jr. argue the deputies acted in self-defense.
They claim Few drove recklessly while leading officers on a two-mile chase and then rammed into Greenhouse's vehicle as he was exiting it, before he and Stafford opened fire.
'Christopher Few was a suspect before they knew that child was in the car,' said Christopher LaCour, one of Stafford's attorneys.
Prosecutors showed the tape in court on Wednesday to support their claim that Stafford had a pattern of using excessive force. Jeremy Mardis is seen above
While the video doesn't capture the entire pursuit, state District Court Judge William Bennett noted that the footage doesn't show Few's car posing a threat to the officers as they fired.
'That car was not being used as a deadly weapon at that time,' Bennett said.
'I daresay it was not even close to being used as a deadly weapon at that time.'
Prosecutors say the video shows the deputies firing from a safe distance from Few's car.
Stafford's attorneys, however, argue the 27-second-long segment without audio makes it impossible to determine if he started shooting before or after Few raised his hands inside the car.
Greenhouse is seen left and Stafford is seen right in booking photos above
The video from the body camera worn by Marksville Police Sgt. Kenneth Parnell III lacks audio for the first 27 seconds. The deputies began shooting before the audio begins.
After the shooting and sirens stop, somebody yells at Few to show his hands.
Few was slumped over the blood-stained door on the driver's side of his car when officers approach him.
'Is he hit at all?' Stafford later asked Parnell.
Defense attorney claim the boy's father Christopher Few (above) drove recklessly while leading officers on a two-mile chase and then rammed into Greenhouse's vehicle as he was exiting it
'Who?' Parnell replied.
'The driver,' Stafford said
'Yeah,' Parnell responded.
'I never saw a kid in the car, man,' Stafford said. 'I never saw a kid, bro.'
About seven minutes after the shooting, Parnell opened the passenger door to Few's car, shone a flashlight onto Mardis, nudged his right shoulder and checked for a pulse.
Then he walked over to another officer and said he found a faint pulse on the boy.
Donning surgical gloves, Parnell walked back to the boy's side of the car and shone a light on the boy again.
'Oh, my God,' he muttered.
Several minutes later, a paramedic told Parnell the boy was dead.
Defense attorneys have suggested investigators rushed to judgment.
George Higgins, one of Greenhouse's attorneys, said investigators have no evidence that any of the bullets fired by Greenhouse struck Few or his son.
Higgins asked State Police detective Rodney Owens during Wednesday's hearing why the deputies were arrested before obtaining results of ballistics tests.
'You didn't know that Mr. Greenhouse did not shoot anybody when you arrested him?' Higgins said.
Owens acknowledged that he didn't.
But investigators later traced 14 shell casings to Stafford's semi-automatic handgun and determined four other shell casings recovered at the scene came from Greenhouse's gun.
Of the four bullet fragments recovered from the boy's body, three matched Stafford's weapon and another couldn't be matched to either deputy.
Owens also testified that there isn't any physical evidence that Few's car collided with Greenhouse's vehicle, but he couldn't rule that out as a possibility.
Stafford and Greenhouse await separate trials on second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder charges.
Stafford, a Marksville police lieutenant, and Greenhouse, a former Marksville police officer, were moonlighting as deputy marshals on the night of the November 3, 2015, shooting.
Stafford's trial is scheduled to start November 28; Greenhouse has a March 13, 2017, trial date.
Judge Bennett refused on Wednesday to consolidate the cases for a single trial.
State Police Col. Mike Edmonson cited the video when he announced the arrest of the two officers on November 6.